(Utica, NY) Trailblazers PAC, the national, nonpartisan organization supporting candidates for county or municipal level office who stand for honest government, announced its endorsement of Celeste Friend for Common Councilperson (Ward 3) in Utica, NY because she has actively followed ethical standards in her campaign that exceed legal requirements.
Unlike most political organizations, Trailblazers PAC places candidates who apply into an intensive mentorship and training program. With approximately 250 candidates across the country in mentorship over the years, about a quarter have achieved endorsement, earning the title, “Trailblazer.” Candidates who undertake the significant time and work to earn the “Trailblazer” title – and even mentored candidates who do not get all the way to endorsement – emerge as leaders committed to honest government, with strength to run winning campaigns.
Trailblazers PAC focuses exclusively on candidates running for office at the local (not state or federal) level, works with candidates of any political party, and will endorse on both sides of a race if each candidate achieves the criteria.
To earn Trailblazers PAC’s endorsement, candidates must disclose every penny in and out of their campaigns (more than law requires), make themselves accountable to their own voters by raising funds from a set number of households within their district instead of solely from outside interests, and stand for honest government which upholds the U.S. Constitution and respects the dignity of all people.
“Trailblazers PAC knows that local politics matter and are worth investing in,” said Celeste Friend, incumbent and candidate for Utica Common Councilperson (Ward 3). “That’s why I am so happy to have their endorsement and why I know I can use their support as I work to help my Constituents reimagine their relationship to their local government.”
“Celeste is a Trailblazer because she goes beyond campaign promises to demonstrate real action for honest government,” said Lesli Sagan, Trailblazers PAC Executive Board member and the organization’s mentor to Friend. “We were proud Celeste chose to follow higher standards when we endorsed her before in 2019, and it speaks to the power of a voter-centered campaign that she won, and now went above-and-beyond to earn endorsement again this year.”
Now in its fifth year, Trailblazers PAC has reached millions of voters by mentoring county and municipal-level candidates in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The organization only endorses and donates to candidates running in contested elections, and since 2017, over 65% of these candidates have won their elections.